Way back in the day, I was fortunate enough to play volleyball on Arizona State’s dime. Well, sort of. With just only 21 true Division I men’s teams across the country and a handful of Division II & III teams that compete against Division I teams, men’s club volleyball is THE WAY most men get to continue to play in college.
The National Collegiate Volleyball Foundation (NCVF) hosts over a hundred men’s club teams throughout the country and boasts a highly competitive National Championship. With much fund-raising at Arizona State, and a bit of begging of parents to open their wallets, we were fortunate to play National Championships in Buffalo, NY; Austin, TX; and hosted the tournament one year at Arizona State. There were multiple trips to California to get beat up by some PAC-10 teams and other great tournaments across the state too. We did hold our own against many of the teams and we were fortunate to have Jeff Nelson, current University of New Mexico Women’s Head Coach, pave the way for us.
Paying it forward is how this great game continues to grow. There are more true Division I, II, & III sponsored volleyball programs across the country, but until more schools add men’s volleyball, club volleyball is the way most guys get to play.
I pay it forward by coaching some great men’s teams. I did at Georgia Southern University and now at Miami University. Both teams have a great group of guys and need to fund-raise their way to tournaments and the NCVF National Championship in Reno, NV.
I’m not too bashful to ask if you would be willing to support these guys at: I Give for Love and Honor Their goal is to raise $5,000. Please help them out!